Coming soon: A board game to simulate housing policy for the Bay Area.
Obligatory meme response:
To be fair, the game isn’t really intended to be flippant. The tabletop planning adventure is called “Bay Area Regional Planner” and was developed as an educational tool for the San Francisco Bay Area Renter’s Federation (SFBARF) by a game designer who has other fun projects like “California Water Crisis” and “US High Speed Rail Game” under his belt. If you end up playing it, let us know if you found a way to reach a compromise. Just remember, all parties have to reach agreement. Good luck!
Speaking of cats, SPUR recently shared this Austin blogger’s rendition of 9 things people always say at zoning hearings, as illustrated by feline GIFs. In case, you know, you’re into that sort of thing.
Plans for spending the Prop. A housing bond millions are in the works, according to the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition. The development advocacy nonprofit reports that staff from the Mayor’s Office of Housing already has some plans to divvy up the $310 million for affordable housing that voters approved in November, with roughly $80 million reportedly going to public housing restoration, $100 million for new low-income housing construction, $80 million for middle-income housing and the $50 million for the Mission District that local advocates pushed for before the measure went to the ballot.
Meanwhile, Joseph Smooke of the Housing Rights Committee has published this editorial in People Power Media about the city’s proposed Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program. The idea is that property owners would be allowed to add stories past what their zoning allows if they add affordable units. Smooke’s concern is that this would encourage property owners to undertake extensive renovations, displacing their existing rent-controlled tenants for several years while construction takes place. If and when they returned, Smooke argues, the building and the neighborhoods would be drastically different. The Planning Commission will consider the program in January.
Let’s take our weekly look at business happenings:
La Victoria’s application to go from partial restaurant to full restaurant was approved without fanfare — so far, no word from the owner on how this will change their business model, but this seems like a good thing for them and we wish them the best.
Remember Chocolatier Blue? The now shuttered and generally troubled chocolate purveyor was something of a case study in the exorbitant commercial rents along the Valencia corridor. Its former space will now be occupied by none other than San Francisco ice creamery by way of liquid nitrogen, Smitten, says the San Francisco Business Times.
The Alamo Drafthouse, set to open on Mission Street on December 17, has acquired a massive video collection that would have been left behind by the beloved Le Video in the inner Sunset. The deal has been in the works for some time, but Hoodline reports that it was made official on Wednesday. Some of the collection will be offered for perusal at the Alamo, alongside select titles from Valencia Street’s Lost Weekend Video.
And finally, in a switch from stimulant to depressant, former cafe on Valencia Street and McCoppin Street, across from McCoppin Hub, has closed, and in its place we can expect what is presumably a wine store, judging by its name: “Wine Not” has filed with planning to open in the ground floor corner space.